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"Triglycerides: Why do they matter?

By Mayo Clinic staff.

High triglycerides are link to heart disease. 


Triglycerides are fat or lipid in  blood. 

Food eaten are converted into calories. Unused calories are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells for future energy need. These stored triglycerides are released by hormones as needed energy between meals. When more calories (food) are eaten than needed, specially carbohydrates and fats, one may develop high blood triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).

Triglyceride levels:

Normal — Less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or less than 1.7 millimoles per L (mmol/L)

Borderline high — 150 to 199 mg/dL (1.8 to 2.2 mmol/L)

High — 200 to 499 mg/dL (2.3 to 5.6 mmol/L)

Very high — 500 mg/dL or above (5.7 mmol/L or above)

Optimal by The American Heart Association (AHA)

100 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L) or lower achieved by lifestyle modification such as diet, weight loss and physical activity.

Triglycerides and cholesterol


1. Fat or lipid.................................Different type of fat or lippid

2.Stored unused calories..............Used to build cells and certain hormones.

used as future body energy

As fat both groups of fat can't dissolve in blood, so they are transported throughout body with the help of proteins (lipoproteins).

High triglycerides

High triglycerides are link to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) leading to obesity, too much fat around the waist, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure/triglycerides/blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, type 2 diabetes, low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism), liver or kidney disease, or rare genetic conditions that affect how body converts fat to energy, effect of medications such as beta blockers, birth control pills, diuretics, steroids and tamoxifen.

Lowering triglycerides

Lifestyle modification:

a) Eat plant base and low saturated fat diet which usually takes care of b, c, and d.

b) Lose weight: Even losing 5 to 10 pounds can help lower triglycerides.

c) Calories reduction. Eat complex carbohydrate from vegetables, avoid sugar from all sources which can increase triglycerides levels

d) Reduce cholesterol: Meats, egg yolks and whole milk products, high in saturated fat.

e) Eat plant based monounsaturated fat found in plants: olive, peanut and canola oils. Avoid saturated and trans fat.

f) Omega-3 fatty acids: Sources are mackerel, salmon, sardines and supplements.

g) Limit alcohol which are high in calories and even small amount can raise triglyceride levels.

h) Exercise  at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5-7 days/week.

i) Control diabetes and high blood pressure.


When lifestyle  modifications do noy work.

a) Niacin (Niaspan)

b) Fibrates (fenofibrate (Lofibra, TriCor) and gemfibrozil (Lopid).

c) Pantothenic acid

High cholesterol

A pantothenic acid derivative called pantethine has been reported by a number of investigators to have a cholesterol-lowering effect. Pantethine is actually two molecules of pantetheine joined by a disulfide bond (chemical bond between two molecules of sulfur). In the synthetic pathway of coenzyme A (CoA), pantethine is closer to CoA than pantothenic acid and is the functional component of CoA and acyl carrier proteins. Several studies found doses of 900 mg of pantethine daily (300 mg three times daily) to be significantly more effective than placebo in lowering total cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood of both diabetic and non-diabetic individuals (11). Pantethine was also found to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in diabetic patients on hemodialysis without adverse side effects. The fact that pantethine has few side effects was especially attractive for hemodialysis patients because of the increased risk of drug toxicity in patients with renal (kidney) failure (12). Pantethine is not a vitamin; it is a derivative of pantothenic acid. The decision to use pantethine to treat elevated blood cholesterol or triglycerides should be made in collaboration with a qualified health care provider who can provide appropriate follow-up.


Food sources

Pantothenic acid is available in a variety of foods. Rich sources of pantothenic acid include liver and kidney, yeast, egg yolk, and broccoli. Fish, shellfish, chicken, milk, yogurt, legumes, mushrooms, avocado, and sweet potatoes are also good sources. Whole grains are good sources of pantothenic acid, but processing and refining grains may result in a 35% to 75% loss. Freezing and canning of foods result in similar losses (8). Large national, nutritional surveys were unable to estimate pantothenic acid intake due to the scarcity of data on the pantothenic acid content of food. Smaller studies estimate average daily intakes of pantothenic acid to be from 5 to 6 mg/day in adults. The table below lists some rich sources of pantothenic acid along with their content in milligrams (mg). For more information on the nutrient content of foods, search the USDA food composition database.

Food Serving Pantothenic Acid (mg)
Fish, cod (cooked) 3 ounces 0.15
Tuna (light, canned in water) 3 ounces 0.18
Chicken, cooked 3 ounces 0.98
Egg (cooked) 1 large 0.61
Milk 1 cup (8 ounces) 0.83
Yogurt 8 ounces 1.35
Broccoli (cooked) 1/2 cup (chopped) 0.48
Lentils (cooked) 1/2 cup 0.63
Split peas (cooked) 1/2 cup 0.58
Avocado, California 1 whole  1.99
Sweet potato (cooked) 1 medium (1/2 cup) 0.88
Mushrooms (raw) 1/2 cup (chopped) 0.52
Lobster (cooked) 3 ounces 0.24
Bread, whole wheat 1 slice 0.19


Intestinal bacteria

The bacteria that normally colonize the colon (large intestine) are capable of making their own pantothenic acid. It is not yet known whether humans can absorb the pantothenic acid synthesized by their own intestinal bacteria in meaningful amounts. However, a specialized process for the uptake of biotin and pantothenic acid was identified in cultured cells derived from the lining of the colon, suggesting that humans may be able to absorb pantothenic acid and biotin produced by intestinal bacteria (13)


Pantothenic acid

Supplements commonly contain pantothenol, a more stable alcohol derivative, which is rapidly converted to pantothenic acid by humans. Calcium and sodium D-pantothenate, the calcium and sodium salts of pantothenic acid, are also available as supplements (4).


Pantethine is used as a cholesterol-lowering agent in Europe and Japan and is available in the U.S. as a dietary supplement (14).



Pantothenic acid is not known to be toxic in humans. The only adverse effect noted was diarrhea resulting from very high intakes of 10 to 20 grams/day of calcium D-pantothenate (15). However, there is one case report of life-threatening eosinophilic pleuropericardial effusion in an elderly woman who took a combination of 10 mg/day of biotin and 300 mg/day of pantothenic acid for two months (16). Due to the lack of reports of adverse effects when the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for pantothenic acid were established in 1998, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine did not establish a tolerable upper level of intake (UL) for pantothenic acid (8). Pantethine is generally well tolerated in doses up to 1,200 mg/day. However gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea and heartburn, have been reported (14).

Drug interactions

Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) containing estrogen and progestin may increase the requirement for pantothenic acid (15). Use of pantethine in combination with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) or nicotinic acid may produce additive effects on blood lipids (14).

Linus Pauling Institute Recommendation

Little is known regarding the amount of dietary pantothenic acid required to promote optimal health or prevent chronic disease. The Linus Pauling Institute supports the recommendation by the Food and Nutrition Board of 5 mg/day of pantothenic acid for adults. A varied diet should provide enough pantothenic acid for most people. Following the Linus Pauling Institute recommendation to take a daily multivitamin-mineral supplement, containing 100% of the Daily Value (DV), will ensure an intake of at least 5 mg/day of pantothenic acid.

Older adults (65 years and older)

Presently there is little evidence that older adults differ in their intake or requirement for pantothenic acid. Most multivitamin/multimineral supplements provide at least 5 mg/day of pantothenic acid.


d) Statins.


"Cholesterol-lowering supplements: Lower your numbers without prescription medication

By Mayo Clinic staff

If you're worried about your cholesterol and have already started exercising and eating healthier foods, you might wonder if adding a cholesterol-lowering supplement to your diet can help reduce your numbers. Although few natural products have been proven to reduce cholesterol, some might be helpful. With your doctor's OK, consider these cholesterol-lowering supplements and products.

Cholesterol-lowering supplementWhat it doesSide effects and drug interactions
Artichoke extractMay reduce total cholesterol and LDL, or "bad," cholesterolMay cause gas or an allergic reaction
BarleyMay reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterolNone
Beta-sitosterol (found in oral supplements and some margarines, such as Promise Activ)May reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol

May cause nausea, indigestion, gas, diarrhea or constipation

May be ineffective if you take ezetimibe (Zetia), a prescription cholesterol medication

Blond psyllium (found in seed husk and products such as Metamucil)May reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterolMay cause gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation or nausea
Fish oil (found as a liquid oil and in oil-filled capsules)May reduce triglycerides

May cause a fishy aftertaste, bad breath, gas, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

May interact with some blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin)

Flaxseed, groundMay reduce triglycerides

May cause, gas, bloating or diarrhea

May interact with some blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix) and warfarin (Coumadin)

Garlic extractMay reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides

May cause bad breath, body odor, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

May interact with blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin)

Green tea extractMay lower LDL cholesterol

May cause nausea, vomiting, gas or diarrhea

May interact with blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin)

Oat bran (found in oatmeal and whole oats)May reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterolMay cause gas or bloating
Sitostanol (found in oral supplements and some margarines, such as Benecol)May reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterolMay cause diarrhea

Another popular cholesterol-lowering supplement is red yeast rice. There is some evidence that red yeast rice can help lower your LDL cholesterol. However, the Food and Drug Administration has warned that red yeast rice products could contain a naturally occurring form of the prescription medication known as lovastatin. Lovastatin in the red yeast rice products in question is potentially dangerous because there's no way for you to know what level or quality of lovastatin might be in red yeast rice.

Sometimes healthy lifestyle choices, including supplements and other cholesterol-lowering products, aren't enough. If your doctor prescribes medication to reduce your cholesterol, take it as directed while you continue to focus on a healthy lifestyle. As always, if you decide to take an herbal supplement, be sure to tell your doctor. The herbal s

Herbal supplements may not mix with heart medicines

Some herbal supplements can have dangerous interactions with heart medications.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Herbal supplements are natural, so they must be safe, right? Not necessarily. Herbal supplements can have strong effects in the body, and some can interact with prescription medications used to treat heart and circulatory problems, such as high blood pressure and heart failure. Some of these interactions can even be dangerous.

Herbal supplements and prescription medications

At least a quarter of adults who take prescription medications also take dietary supplements, including herbal supplements. That number is even higher among adults older than age 70 — three-quarters report using both prescription medications and dietary supplements.

Yet many herbal supplements interact with medications for cardiovascular disease — which are widely prescribed for older adults. The chances of herbs and drugs interacting are high. Indeed, 8 of the 10 most widely used supplements interact with the blood-thinning medication warfarin (Coumadin). Here are just a few of the herbal supplements that can affect warfarin:

  • Danshen
  • Dong quai
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginkgo
  • Ginseng
  • St. John's wort

That's why it's so important to talk with your doctor before taking herbal supplements if you take prescription medications. Your doctor and pharmacist can help you avoid risky interactions.upplement you take may interact with other medications you take."

Herbal supplements and drug interactions

This table shows popular herbal supplements and interactions with common heart medications. It's not a complete list, however, so be sure to discuss with your doctor the medications and supplements you take.

Herbal supplementMedicationPotential effect
  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)
Increases risk of bleeding
  • Aspirin
  • Warfarin
Increases risk of bleeding
  • Warfarin
Decreases effectiveness of warfarin
  • Beta blockers, such as atenolol (Tenormin), nadolol (Corgard) and propranolol (Inderal, Innopran XL)
Increases blood pressure and heart rate
  • Calcium channel blockers, such as diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, others), nifedipine (Procardia) and verapamil (Calan, Covera-HS,Verelan)
  • Nitrates, such as nitroglycerin (Nitro-Bid, Nitrostat,others) and isosorbide (Monoket, Isordil)
Decreases blood pressure
  • Digoxin (Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin)
Increases effects of digoxin
  • Warfarin
Decreases levels of warfarin
St. John's wort
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Digoxin
  • Warfarin
  • Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
  • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
  • Statins, such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor) and simvastatin (Zocor)
Reduces effectiveness of drugs

Playing it safe with herbal supplements

If your doctor tells you it's OK to use an herbal supplement combined with a medication, make sure you follow dosing instructions carefully. Watch for any unusual signs or symptoms that you could be having a drug interaction, such as rapid heartbeat, low blood sugar or changes in blood pressure.


"Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus)

Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus)

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Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus)

Red yeast rice is the product of yeast ( Monascuspurpureus ) grown on rice, and is served as a dietary staple in some Asian countries. It contains several compounds collectively known as monacolins, substances known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis. One of these, "monacolin K," is a potent inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, and is also known as mevinolin or lovastatin (Mevacor®, a drug produced by Merck & Co., Inc).

Red yeast rice extract has been sold as a natural cholesterol-lowering agent in over the counter supplements, such as Cholestin TM (Pharmanex, Inc). However, there has been legal and industrial dispute as to whether red yeast rice is a drug or a dietary supplement, involving the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the pharmaceutical industry (particularly producers of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor prescription drugs or "statins").

The use of red yeast rice in China was first documented in the Tang Dynasty in 800 A.D. A detailed description of its manufacture is found in the ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia, Ben Cao Gang Mu-Dan Shi Bu Yi, published during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In this text, red yeast rice is proposed to be a mild aid for gastric problems (indigestion, diarrhea), blood circulation, and spleen and stomach health. Red yeast rice in a dried, powdered form is called Zhi Tai. When extracted with alcohol it is called Xue Zhi Kang."